Jesus Is: Week 1 - "We Are Wanderers"

Opening Prayer:

Heavenly Father, thanks again for Jesus. Thanks for the ultimate demonstration of love and grace the world has ever seen. While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

 

Read: Isaiah 53:6

“We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”

 

Reflect:

The verse above immediately follows verses 4 and 5 that we read yesterday and continues the idea that this suffering servant, Jesus, was punished for our sins. What is interesting about this verse is that unlike the prior verses that refer to sin in a general way as transgressions or iniquities, this verse speaks to a specific sin, namely that of turning our own way. To do things our way instead of God’s is a sin deserving of punishment. Instead of punishing us for our “my way or the highway” attitude, God placed on Jesus this sin and resulting punishment. I think what makes this verse so meaningful is that all of us can identify with wanting to do things our way. Even after choosing to follow Jesus, surrendering our will to his is a continuous battle. We are wanderers because of our sin nature.

 

 

Apply:

What a relief to know that God is fully aware of our tendency to wander and do things our own way and yet chose to forgive us of our sin. This verse should also make us mindful that anything short of doing things God’s way is sin. Continue reflecting on Jesus sacrifice for our sins and, in particular, our sin of selfishness. Ask yourself, “Am I turning my own way or God’s way?” When you inevitably fail and decide to go your own way, you can claim the promises of Isaiah 53 that through Jesus you can find peace and healing.

 

 

Closing Prayer:

God, thank you that you looked down through time and saw my desire to do things my own way and had mercy on me. We deserved punishment for wandering, but you gave grace, you gave Jesus. Help me stay on your path, the path of righteousness.

 

Terry Schneider